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aleppo north korea has ignored international warnings and launched a long range rocket from its west coast. state media has resolved to put more rockets in space. our countries say it was a cover of new missile technology. there has been widespread condemnation. japan's prime minister abe called the launch absolutely intolerable and a violation of u.n. agreements. >> translation: we will not tolerate north korea going ahead with the launch after repeated warnings to restrain themselves. the missile launch following the nuclear testing is a clear violation of the u.n. security council resolutions. we will cooperate with the international community and stand firm to take appropriate measures. we will also give our best efforts to protect our people's security and safety
harry for set joins us live now. the news that north korea appears to have successfully put an orbital satellite up there is extremely significant, isn't it. >> reporter: yes. it means that they have done, if true what they said they were going to do, certainly in april 2012 when they had a failure, they admitted that failure. in december 2012 when it was, to all intents and purposes a success, they celebrated that success. that's what they are doing at the moment. there isn't a definitive answer yet from the south korea defense ministry or u.s. or japan as to the ultimate success of the satellite entering the orbit, as it was supposed to have done, but u.s. says it traced the rocket launch into space, japan was tracing the flight path and talking about the various separations that were predicted
to have happened, and the south koreans, anonymous sources in media from the south korean defense ministry, saying that it does appear that north korea has successfully placed a satellite into orbit. it does seem that they are getting better at this. they're certainly getting more experience at launching these long-range rockets regional players and stakeholders including where you are they will be worried and taking the threat seriously. >> reporter: that's right. this is because this is dual use technology. what north korea calls a peaceful satellite launch, and appears to have been this time around, does enable them to practice their long range rockets, potentially long range missile capabilities with each successive launch. you can replace the satellite with potentially a miniaturised
war head, if they achieve that technology. there are reports suggesting that they have. then if you are able then to create a reentry vehicle, which brings that pay load back into the earth's atmosphere and put it on the surface of the planet, you have a long range rocket. there is some reason why this is not the optimum one to launch on a country. it uses very volatile fuel and there's also warnings that you're going to do it. however, the more studies and rehearses and practice at this technology, the better for north korea's all-round capability. it did link its national security progress to the various other bits of progress from this saying that this was a turning
point for the economy, science progress and the capabilities of north korea as well going to the chinese capital and talk to adrian brown. north korea, not just testing the resolve of the u.n. and u.s., but also the oldest ally as well, china. >> reporter: that's right. if china is very unhappy, it is doing its best not to show it. of course, china is about the only friend that north korea has, but today we've just had two brief statements, one from the chinese foreign ministry which basically said that what it had done was going to worsen tensions. it is said that the korean eninsue la-- enpin sue lar could. it said that it regretted what north korea had done.
it said that north korea had the right to use outer space, but that that right had been limited by united nation security council sanctions. it said that north korea had gone against the will of the international community. so that in a sense was a mild rebuke from china. in recent weeks there has been a lot happening on the diplomatic front here in china. the u.s. secretary of state john kerry was here. he met his chinese counterpart. the two clashed over the issue of further sanctions on north korea. mr wang said that sanctions are not an end to themselves. then on friday president obama called president xi jinping and they agreed they didn't want to have a nuclearized north korea. china is in a difficult situation right now. pyongyang is clearly not listening to its old friend. the question now is whether china will sign up to even
stronger sanctions against north korea. the dilemma for china is this, that if those sanctions against north korea are hardened and cause hardship, it could lead to hundreds of thousands of refugees pouring across the border thank you. the u.n. secretary counsel will who hold an emergency meeting on sunday following requests. >> reporter: ban ki-moon calling the missile launch "deeply deplorable'. that was the first statements coming out of headquarters here in new york. the u.n. security council will be holding this emergency meeting on sunday. it will be at 16 gmt, around 11am local time here in new york in u.n. headquarters.
ban ki-moon had warned north korea, before this launch, not to go ahead with it. diplomats at the u.n. told al jazeera that they also warned north korea as well not to pursue this missile launch. clearly those warnings fell on deaf ears. what we can expect at the security council is really the first chance that the security council members can all get together in one room to discuss where they go from here, what new measures or resolutions they might pursue, but i can tell you that it is slow moving here oftentimes at the u.n. china and the u.s. had been discussing new security council resolutions based on a north korea nuclear test last month, but those new resolutions were moving very slowly, but now the security council is faced with this new issue that has fallen right in their lap that they now have to deal with. on sunday it will be very
interesting to see how all sides position themselves, especially china. historically north korea's strongest ally we have a professor here on foreign studies who joins us. it is that a country facing hard sanctions, extremely poor and can appear to launch this satellite into orbit >> yes. we have been getting used to this behaviour over the last couple of decades. even we've been seeing the practice thing. we remember this is the sixth such launch. south korean probably in general, i think, is very familiar with it. this is lunar new year holiday here in this country. some people have expressed their
anger that north korea has committed this regrettable act at the time of the celebration. they're saying we are getting quite annoyed about this. the interesting thing i want to tell you, in korea, we usually check the ranking of news on the internet search engines. interesting thing is, i think south koreans are used to this, the north korea missile launch is not one of the top ten search words in the real-time search engines. i guess we are used to it, but still angered if the south koreans appear not to be worried about it, at least the public anyway based on those internet searches, what's the thinking about the north korean launchs, is it be security or prestige?
>> i guess both. we hate to second-guess north korea because one thing that is predictable with north korea is they're very unpredictable. we have been already exposed to north korean threats through various means. it is not exactly - there are so many other things that are threatening us. in the minds of south korean people this is not huge addition in terms of our threat perception how do you think this will play out in the long-term, then, in terms of the tensions on the peninsula and of south korea where you are? >> in terms of being threatened and tensions, i'm sure there will be political tensions, but in terms of the public mind is we're getting tired the overall lack of progress. we may get to see some rising of the domestic opinion here asking
for something in the form of dialogue. there are also considerable size of south koreans here who want to see something less confrontational, but we need time about this issue thank you for talking to al jazeera. >> thank you u.s. republican presidential hopefuls have reacted to the north korean crisis in a debate ahead of the new hampshire primary. seven candidates were part of the debate. alan fisher joins us live. this launch by the north koreans of what happen appears to be a sat lit put into orbit, how did the go down there? >> reporter: the news had just broken when the debate started. they were asked what their view was. the information at that point was sketchy. ted cruz said he would order a
pre-emtive strike. he said he would wait until he is president and got the full briefing. he said that what happened in north korea was foreshadowing what might happen in iran, that there was that deal when iran, that is why the democrats couldn't be trusted to look after national security and why the deal with iran was fatally flawed. i think more details of the launch come out, they might have more informed views of what happened. it was interesting that they saw this as an opportunity to slam the obama administration and also the clinton administration it was a bad night for marco rubio on the stage. >> reporter: he came here with a third place finish. he was the candidate that seemed
to be representative of the establishment wing of the g.o.p., the republican party, for want of a better phrase, but he came under attack from chris christie. he was very much attacking him and him alone. suggesting that every answer was rehearsed. that make it difficult for marco rubio to make a comment. donald trump was not in iowa but back on stage. there was a moment where he shushed jeb bush and there were audible boos in the crowd which we have never heard before in relation to donald trump. he had a reasonable night. this was really a bad night for marco rubio, a goodnight for chris christie. remember it's 72 hours until the voters go to the polls here for the primaries. so there will be a lot of
election earring being carried out in the next few hours. they won't be staying in after new hampshire. so it's about building support, getting votes and making sure the presidential dreams stay alive how important is the new hampshire primary in terms of shaping that race ahead for the republican hopefuls? >> reporter: if donald trump doesn't win here, then his campaign is in real trouble. at the moment he has a 12 point lead. a loss would be almost catastrophic for the man who is saying he will get so sick of winning it is going to be unfortunate for everyone else. ted cruz needs a reasonable finish. marco rubio does too. we know that chris christie, john kasich and jeb bush want to be one of the candidates facing off against trump or cruz and do
that they have to perform well here. this is a pivotal primary, a place where presidential dreams can be made or lost. there will only be two or three tickets going out of here. a bad performance and it ends here thank you. officials in taiwan say more than 130 people are buried in a collapsed building in tainan. a seven year old boy was killed out earlier. 20 people have been killed and 100 are missing. >> reporter: rescue teams are working deeper into this mountain of rubble. it is thought most of the people found so far have been from the upper reaches, the more accessible parts of the building. those who are still missing are thought to be down in the more damaged ground level part of this mountain of rubble where
conditions are more difficult, it's inaccessible, difficult to reach small spaces. we've seen teams going in with equipment to cut through masonry and steel, but it is only small hand-held equipment. they have to work carefully in these areas so they don't dislodge any of this rubble and move the people. it is thought that most of the people that are in the building will have died, but they are still finding survivors, giving rescuers hope that more people will still be found alive lots more still to come here at al jazeera. thousands turn out for a pretest in germany. stay with us. stay
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welcome back. a quick reminder of the top stories. north korea has launched a long-range missile from its west coast. that despite international calls to abandon the operation. the u.n. secretary general said it was deeply deplorable. the debate in new hampshire is the last one. more than 130 people are buried in a collapsed build in the southern city of tainan after a massive earthquake of the rescue workers have pulled out a seven year old boy. at least 18 people have been killed. syrian government forces are continuing to advance as they try to cut off rebel fighters in the city of aleppo. the troops are encircling syria's biggest city by
capturing towns and villages around it. >> reporter: they are pushing deeper in rebel-held territory in northern syria, backed by russian air power. they have cut off the main supply route from the city to turkey. now they're trying to encircle it. >> translation: the regime is trying to lay siege to the city. it has depopulated the countryside. some people are starting to leave the city. i don't plan to leave because if activists leave, who will speak for the voices trapped inside. >> reporter: there are no statistics who live here. some figures suggest there are up on to 300,000. so far there hasn't been a mass exodus, but there are those that don't want to be in the risk of
being inser keld. >> translation: people are leaving and scared. the road to turkey is closed. >> reporter: prices are already on the rise because there's a shortage of fuel. >> translation: prices are on the rise and normal because of the situation. there is a lack of fuel. i asked people not to leave or our city will be empty. >> reporter: many in the opposition ranks feel the government is employing a tactic that it has used in the past. laying siege to starved people. they were forced to surrender after a three year government siege. it was known as the capital of the revolution. the opposition didn't lose hope because they still controlled aleppo the heart of the revolution. easy access to turkey, a supporter of the rebels gave them a life line. aleppo's future hangs in the balance. >> reporter: they're fighting
for their survival. their voice has been weakened so mall i can't's trance-- so zomalia's says there was a bomb on the plane. >> reporter: it had taken off from mogadishu and had only been in the air for a few minutes, when a holiday was ripped in the fuselage. >> we saw a hole in the plane and the first thing you worry about is it we make it. that worrying feeling was there. it was really traumatizing. >> reporter: the plane was still climbing but was flying above 3,000 metres. one passenger was sucked out of
the fuselage. some reports say he was the suicide bomber, but that has not been confirmed. the man's bad lie burned body was found 30 kilometers from the airport. two other passengers were injured. >> translation: the explosion was not a technical problem, but a bomb that was intended to destroy the plane and kill all passengers on board. >> reporter: the explosion did not damage the plane's navigation system. the pilot was able to make an emergency landing. it was unfortunate, but thanks to god although the act was deliberate, we landed. >> reporter: the investigation is continuing. no-one has claimed responsibility but the al-qaeda al-shabab group remains a major threat thousands of supporters of
the anti-islamic group of pegida has protested the influx of refugees. the biggest was in a german city in dresden where people took to the streets. >> reporter: this was their opportunity to show strength in numbers, to link up with supporters from across europe. it is where the anti-islamic movement sprang from. its followers are fearful of the future. >> translation: we will be a minority. in the end i'm here for my grandchildren. it cannot be that i am a minority in my own country. this is the way it will end up being. >> reporter: the people at this demonstration have come here to show their extreme unhappiness with the refugee policies of the coalition government. they say they represent a growing sentiment in german society and they say they want
those policies radically change nowed. pegida's organisers have called for a series of rallies in five other european countries. this was the french northern port city of calais which has been a designation of refugees and migrants trying to reach the u.k. ten people were arrested. across the channel hundreds of people marched through birmingham, but the numbers were lower than in dresden. the group had struggled to retain support, with dwindling presence at rallies. one person told me it changed last year >> they have been invigorated by the ongoing and increasing and enormous immigration into
germany which started last september because all the fears they had came through. all these statements of politicians that the people would talk about problems turned out to be wrong. >> reporter: but that analysis was not shared by several thousand opponents of the group who also rallied on saturday. germany's coalition government is broadly committed to its refugee policy, despite the hardening in public opinion. but that policy will soon face a series examination when three key states hold parliamentary elections next month chinese communities the world over are getting ready to welcome the lunar new year on monday. people are hoping the year of
the monkey will bring better fortune than a year of bad fortune. >> reporter: the chinese new year market is a good indicator of how bad things are. the school that rents this stall every year so people can learn about business is paying 30% less for it and people have less money to spend. >> lower price items sells much better. >> reporter: for masters of the chi that's art of predicting the future, it's time to take stock. this past year, the yeah of the goat, was predicted to be good for good negotiations. some people point to the deal with iran, but the troubled year in the west. >> you have refugee problem, you have economic crisis and trofrist attacks-- terrorist attacks. >> reporter: for hong kong and china the past year will be
remembered for the bad economics. there was a big impact on hong kong but investors should not expect the monkey will be better behaved >> on the one hand we love this animals, but on the other hand we dislike this animal because they love mischievous acts and they may be a little bit uncontrollable. we think the coming year of the monkey will also be a little bit uncontrollable. >> reporter: better get as much luck as fortune sticks and incense sticks will provide. people seek go fortune health and prosperity for the year that is about to begin. >> a new year hope to get a good job. >> don't invest too much in the coming year. that's my opinion. >> reporter: economically battered but unbowed, people are braced for whatever the monkey will throw at them
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